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Cities to Save Millions Thanks to Energy Audit

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Courtesy: Governor’s Office of Energy Courtesy: Governor’s Office of Energy
From the Governor’s Office of Energy:

The Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) recently awarded $150,000 to the Cities of Reno and Sparks through its Performance Contract Audit Assistance Program (PCAAP) to cover the cost of a Financial Grade Operation Audit.

The audit analyzed energy, water, and operating cost savings measures for the jointly operated Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF). The resulting performance contract will annually save $1.1 million dollars and reduce energy consumption by more than 664 kW.
“Most government facilities have the potential to reduce their energy use by 25% to 50% or more,” said Paul Thomsen, GOE Director. “The PCAAP initiates a performance contract that provides a way to upgrade facilities with no up-front capital and pay for them through guaranteed savings.”

Reno and Sparks saw an opportunity to use PCAAP funding while pursuing performance contracting at the TMWRF, which provides water treatment services for hundreds of thousands of people living in the region.

“Based on the success of the City of Reno Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiative, the Reno and Sparks City Councils decided to move forward on a project at TMWRF that will improve infrastructure and reduce operating costs at a vital facility in our community,” said Jason Geddes, Environmental Services Administrator at City of Reno.

The decision to fund the audit highlights GOE’s ability to facilitate cooperation among stakeholders, lead initiatives to stimulate economic development, and attract energy related business ventures.

GOE is accepting PCAAP applications until December 31, 2014. To learn more about this program, please visit http://energy.nv.gov/Programs/Public_Facilities_Retrofit_Grant.

From the Governor’s Office of Energy
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